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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Powerful forces -- narrowing wage gaps, tumbling U.S. energy prices, the vagaries of currency markets -- are pulling Chinese companies across the Pacific. Mayors and economic development officials have lined up to welcome Chinese investors. Southern states, touting low labor and land costs, have been especially aggressive. read more


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

"You might expect that, all these years after Newton, we might have a good measure of his gravitational constant, G. As the authors of a new paper on the topic note, there are plenty of reasons to want a good measure of G 'given the relevance of the gravitational constant in several fields ranging from cosmology to particle physics, and in the absence of a complete theory linking gravity to other forces.'" read more


Friday, May 23, 2014

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday cut its estimate of recoverable oil in California's Monterey shale by 96 percent, casting doubt on what was once thought to be America's next major energy play. The deposit composes 2/3rds of the total shale reserves in the US. Even though estimates in 2011 put the estimated recoverable oil at 13.6 billion barrels, while this update puts the estimate at 600 Million, the daily output is not expected to be impacted in the near future. "Not all resources are created equal," EIA head Adam Sieminski said.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Michael S. Teitelbaum, The Atlantic: The truth is that there is little credible evidence of the claimed widespread shortages in the U.S. science and engineering workforce. ... No one has been able to find any evidence indicating current widespread labor market shortages or hiring difficulties in science and engineering occupations that require bachelors degrees or higher, although some are forecasting high growth in occupations that require post-high school training but not a bachelors degree. All have concluded that U.S. higher education produces far more science and engineering graduates annually than there are S&E job openings -- the only disagreement is whether it is 100 percent or 200 percent more. read more


Monday, May 12, 2014

In 1995, Congressional Republicans shut down the Office of Technology Assessment. For 23 years, this agency had published reports that provided legislators with nonpartisan analyses of science and technology issues. Last week, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) tried to reopen the agency with minimal funding.

He failed. read more


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The local NPR had the LDS spokescritter on last week to talk about this. Basically she (LDS Spokeswoman) says, women can't be in the priesthood because they can't, until they can. Like blacks couldn't, until they could, in the '70s.

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It's a real frustrating listen if you have nothing better to do for an hour, but I figure maybe some of you might be interested in the churches side of the story (and still others will take umbrage at my use of the word church in reference to Mormons, but hey, I'm from Utah, where Baptists and Catholics are the cultist minorities).

#221, accurate depiction. I've tried searching around for different uses of the idiom "guts," maybe it means something different than it does where I live, but it seems pretty universal in meaning the quality of having courage. for example: www.usingenglish.com

I understand that maybe he didn't mean he advocates letting the poor die off by starvation, but he's using language that caters to people who do. In every English class ever, you are told to write to your audience, and that is his audience, individualists who feel that they and those like them have done anything to deserve what they have, objectivists who believe a persons value is only in what they produce, people that believe that selfishness is a virtue when it produces something with a price tag and which can be denied to those they don't approve of. Honestly, poor people and left leaning voters aren't going to be liking him on Facebook for his gems of wisdom.

1 Swiss Franc equals
1.12 US Dollar
22 Swiss Franc = 24.67 USD/HR

Indices Difference Info
Consumer Prices in United States are 46.83% lower than in Switzerland
Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 45.79% lower than in Switzerland
Rent Prices in United States are 43.33% lower than in Switzerland
Restaurant Prices in United States are 54.12% lower than in Switzerland
Groceries Prices in United States are 44.35% lower than in Switzerland
Local Purchasing Power in United States is 6.32% lower than in Switzerland
www.numbeo.com

Average this out, 46.88% (ignoring, of course, the weaker US local purchasing power) lower cost of living in the US, but current US minimum wage is 7.25/hr, 71% lower wage, proposed 10.10 minimum wage is still 59% lower.
To live at an equivalent level, US would need to raise the minimum wage to 11.57/hr. But Americans don't deserve it for the bare minimum, obviously.

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